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David Best in conversation with Helen Marriage

November 21, 2014, 8:00 pm

Following the success of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for 'Temple', Artichoke has announced the artist behind the project, David Best, will join Director Helen Marriage for a special event at the Foyle Film Festival in Derry~Londonderry. The event will take place on Friday the 21st of November from 8pm at VOID, City Factory Gallery in Derry.

In March 2015, an extraordinary structure will appear in Derry-Londonderry. It will be the vision of Californian artist David Best, whose magnificent ornately-carved temples are celebrated as the spiritual heart of the Burning Man event in Nevada. London-based creative company Artichoke, known for their outdoor arts events across the UK, including Lumiere Derry-Londonderry 2013 and Peace Camp in 2012, is now bringing Best and his crew to Northern Ireland.

Temple, will involve local communities in building their own structure as a place for contemplatinon and reflection, before it is ceremonially burnt. The aim is to turn the current meaning of bonfire burning in Northern Ireland on its head - with an emphasis on peaceful co-existence, tolerance and mutual respect - working with local arts and community organisations, bringing the city together.

This event is a rare opportunity to hear David talk about his work and his Temple project with Artichoke's Artistic Director Helen Marriage. Their conversation will be followed by a Q&A and a screening of Voyage of Utopia by French filmmaker Laurent Le Gall. Le Gall has followed Best's work for 11 years and his film captures the artist at work at Burning Man during the build of Temple of Honor (2003). His new film, Temples of Life, in production next year, will include footage of Temple in Derry.

Tickets for the event are £6 and include a glass of wine. To purchase tickets or find out more click here.

Pictured: Temple artist David Best

Pictured: Temple artist David Best